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I tested positive for GBS this past week. I had wanted to have a home birth with my next child. Will this test keep me from finding a midwife who will do a home birth with me?

Laura wife to Chris proud mommy to our lil monkey (c-section 6-10-06), our other lil monkey (HBAC 3-08-09) Our next and last son (due by HBAC mid July 2011) and our angel (10-03-04). My middle son has many severe food allergies.

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I can't imagine that it would.
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Once you have had GBS you are at increased risk to have it again, but that does not mean you will.

Also, you have to decide if testing for it is even the right decision for you. You can test pos one week and be neg the next. An actual deadly newborn infection is rare, though obviously devistating.

There are also natural ways that you can deal with gbs to try to get rid of it and then retest.

You can also obtain abx for iv from a doctor (if not your own a homebirth midwife migth know who) for use at home if you wanted.

There is also the hibicleans protocal for use during labor. This has shown in a few studies to have equal outcomes to abx in regards to gbs infected babies. This is a nice option because although it is an antibacterial solution that is used to flush the vaginal area, it is not systemic flushing of bacteria like iv abx and will not effect the babe. Here in MA many or most of the midwives use this on thier moms who chose to test and have a postive outcome. Sometimes we use it for moms who have not tested or were even negative when they have prolonged rutpure of membranes.

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I tested positive with my last pregnancy, and the labor was so fast and water didn't break until just before she crowned. This pregnancy I tested negative. Homebirths both times.
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The risk of infection for babies born to GBS-colonized moms is very low, like under 3% of moms that test positive for GBS. Generally, midwives are not concerned too much with it as long as you agree with them that there is a slight risk that the baby might be colonized at birth and might need to transfer for oxygen and antibiotic treatment. I wouldn't be worried about it interfering with a homebirth---if I were in your shoes, I would think the hospital carries far greater risk than the GBS and still go for the homebirth.
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my last pg i was negative for gbs

this pg i tested positive for it.
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